Top 5 Things To Do In Cincinnati This Weekend: March 18-20

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1. Butterflies along the Nile

It’s a sure sign of spring – butterflies are making an appearance at the Krohn Conservatory. This year’s butterfly show highlights colorful butterflies hovering around lush floral displays that pay homage to ancient Egyptian gardens. Inspiration for the exhibits was drawn from actual paintings found in temples and tombs, with images depicting orchards, palm trees and fish ponds with lotus plants.

Butterflies along the Nile opens Saturday and runs daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until June 19 at the Krohn Conservatory (1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams). Admission is $10, youth $7 and free for ages 4 and under.

2. “It’s Not Too Proud: The Life and Times of Temptations”

With their signature dance moves and brilliant harmonies, The Temptations soared to the top of the music charts with an incredible 42 top 10 hits, 14 of which reached number one. This new hit Broadway musical follows the band’s extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It’s a story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal set in a decade of civil unrest in America, set to the band’s classic hits including “My Girl”, “Just My Imagination”, “Get Ready” and “Dad Was a rolling stone.”

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The musical opened earlier this week at Procter & Gamble Hall at the Aronoff Center (650 Walnut St., Downtown) and runs through March 27. Showtimes this weekend are at 8 p.m. Friday2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdayand 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $35. 513-621-2787; cincinnatiarts.org.

The Cincinnati Pops pay tribute to the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, this weekend at Music Hall.

3. Cincinnati Pops: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

A few blocks from the Aronoff, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra celebrates the life of the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, at Music Hall. John Morris Russell and the Pops are joined by four powerhouse singers – Tamika Lawrence, Shaleah Adkisson, CoCo Smith and Blaine Krauss – to pay tribute to this iconic singer, whom Rolling Stone Magazine crowned “the number one singer of all time”.

Sessions this weekend are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdaywith a performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. Music Hall is located at 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. cincinnatisymphony.org.

4. “Steel Magnolias”

Truvy’s beauty salon in Louisiana is where all the women who are “anybody” come to get their hair done – and get the best gossip. Truvy, outspoken and wise, hands out free shampoo and advice to everyone who enters, including an eccentric millionaire, a grumpy rich man, a local social leader and Shelby, the prettiest girl in town, who is about to to marry. The plot covers the next three years, tied to Shelby’s type 1 diabetes and how the women deal with their conflicts while remaining friends.

Previews are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and next week March 22-23 at the Marx Theater at Playhouse in the Park (962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams). The play officially opens on March 24 and will run until April 17. cincyplay.com.

Get ideas for your next home improvement project this weekend at the Greater Cincinnati Home Expo at the Sharonville Convention Center.

5. Greater Cincinnati Home Show

This comprehensive home exhibit is packed with innovative displays showcasing the latest trends in design and product offerings. You’ll have the chance to chat with local experts and get advice for all your home improvement needs, from kitchen and bathroom renovations to landscaping options.

The exhibition runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road. Admission is $5, free for those under 18. homeshowcenter.com.

Mark Normand appears at the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Liberty Township Friday through Sunday.

Honorable Mention: Great Comedy Weekend

If you need a good laugh, we’ve got you covered.

New York comedian Mark Normand appears at the Funny Bone Comedy Club (7518 Bales St., Liberty Township) this weekend. Sessions are at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost between $37 and $47. freedom.funnybone.com.

Actor and comedian Jeremiah Watkins will be at Go Bananas (8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery) 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 18 and over Friday; 21-up Saturday. Tickets are $15. 513-873-7233; gobananascomedy.com.

The Eatery at Kroger on the Rhine (100 E. Court St., Downtown) is hosting Comedy Night on the Rhine at 7 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by Tyler Ross, the show stars Shaena Rabbani, Shawn Braley and Ossia Dwyer. Tickets are $15. eventbrite.com.

Also on Saturday, catch the Helltown Comedy Showcase at the Comet (4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside). This week’s headliner is Mark Chalifoux, with star comedians Kylie Dills, Mike Franke, Hanna Ljungholm and Nolan Miller. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and info: bombsawaycomedy.com.

MOTRMouth brings actor, comedian and podcast host Johnny Pemberton to town Sunday for two shows in the Sword Room of the MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine). Sessions are 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Ages 21 and up and tickets are $10. 513-381-6687; motrpub.com.

Honorable Mention: Pucks N Pups

Our beloved Cincinnati Cyclones may be playing on the ice, but they’re helping fans prepare for warmer weather with their Friday special promotion night. The team has you covered for the beach, pool or water park with Cyclones-themed beach towels, free for the first 3,000 fans through the door.

At Saturday night, fans can enjoy the game with their furry friends by purchasing the special Pucks N Pups ticket package, which allows you and your precious pup to sit together. During one of the intermissions there will even be dachshund races on the ice. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. each night against the Fort Wayne Komets at the Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway, Downtown. cycloneshockey.com.

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